Hot Chicken Festival Date Move: Out of Cluck?

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While debate raged on Bites about the merits of hosting a hot chicken festival every year in near-guaranteed 95-degree heat, the Music City Hot Chicken Festival quietly posted the confirmed date for next year's event: July 4, 2009. Pluck you, hatas!

Interestingly, though, a poll on the festival website suggesting alternates to its traditional July 4 date has not closed. With four days of voting left as of 10 p.m. last night, here's what the results look like after 186 votes:

Keep it on July 4: 92 (48 percent)

Saturday of Fathers Day Weekend: 24 (12)

First Saturday in August: 21 (11)

First Saturday in October: 49 (26)

In other words, those who believe the current date makes as much sense as hosting the Music City Sorbet Festival in January still have time to mobilize. Activate! Motivate! Initiate! Fight the fryers that be! The hopes of Nashville's sweaty gluttons ride with you.

Worst-case scenario: the conclusive vote must be cast by Kevin Costner.

UPDATE: Whoa baby! Has anybody checked those numbers lately? October has gone from 49 to 63, with a day left in voting! Could an upset be in the offing?

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